Title: Blurred (Kissed by Death #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Tara Fuller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: July 2, 2013
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One Line: I loved the characters, but the plot and romance didn’t WOW me like its predecessor.
About the Book: Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.
Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.
The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?
Blurred is a great companion novel to Inbetween and I loved that it gives you a whole other side to world of the reapers. I think the word I would use to describe the mood of this book is “meloncholy”. Cash goes through a lot of pain and inner turmoil that really makes you feel for him. I swear, I wanted to hug him so many times, the poor guy. His one source of light and warmth lies in Anaya and as the story slowly unfolds, you’ll see just how entwined their lives are. I kind of saw it coming, and I’ll admit, their romance felt a bit rushed and it kind of lacked the substance that I particularly like in a real romance, it was still sweet. I think I felt the attraction and the lust more than I felt the love.
While I thought Cash and Anaya were great characters that drove the story along, I was a bit disappointed with how the story itself progressed. The plot moved at a pretty slow and dull pace for me. I felt like nothing happened for about two-thirds of the book as Cash comes to terms with his fate. I felt like there wasn’t as much insight given into the idea of shadow walkers and I couldn’t really connect with that aspect of the story. I was kind of expecting more emphasis on what made him so special and seeing him use his special powers. You know, a lot more supernatural action. There were also a couple of other things that bothered me, particularly involving a new character that Cash meets, but I feel like discussing that issue would be a bit too spoilery. The plot just didn’t have that “engrossing” factor I was hoping for.
Blurred is a pretty decent read, nonetheless. I love Fuller’s ability to create such genuine characters and her spin on reapers is great. If anything, I am definitely looking forward to reading Easton’s story since he’s always been a particular favorite of mine. Yes, Cash and Anaya’s story didn’t quite grab me as much as Emma and Finn’s, but I still thoroughly enjoy this series and this world and can’t wait to read more.